Illinois Ranks Among Top States For Ice Cream Search Interest

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There are few ways to beat back the searing summer heat quite like a nice cup or cone full of whatever ice cream flavor suits your fancy.

Few states share a collective interest in the delicacy quite like Illinois, which ranked in the top-15 nationally when it comes to search interest in the dessert., typically home to Illinois sports betting coverage, used Google Trends to calculate the most ice cream crazy states by search volume from April 21, 2022 to April 21, 2023.

A point system was developed, giving up to 50 points for search rank. Up to 50 points were also awarded for each state’s search rank among the most popular ice cream flavors by Google Trends search volume (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry).

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Most Ice Cream Crazy States

Rank, state Overall search volume Chocolate Vanilla Strawberry Total
1 New Hampshire50463245173
2 Utah40454726158
3 Delaware38474918152
4 Connecticut47353237151
5 Maine49374220148
6 Massachusetts48412132142
T7 Maryland37283439138
T7 New Jersey43422825138
9 Michigan41362529131
10 South Carolina42251548130
11 Ohio44401131126
12 Pennsylvania46392015120
13 Indiana35232126105
14 Illinois392993592
15 Rhode Island451329491
16 New York361881375

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Illinois Cracks Top 15 Nationally

The Prairie State takes its ice cream seriously, coming in with the 14th highest search interest on Google for the vanilla, chocolate and strawberry versions of the dessert.

Illinois residents had more interest overall in strawberry ice cream, with 35 points, followed by chocolate (29 points) and vanilla (9 points), to wrap up with a total score of 92 points and an overall search volume of 39 points.

Nationally, Illinois trailed states like New Hampshire (173 points), Utah (158 points), Delaware (152 points), Connecticut (151 points) and Maine (148 points), which made up the top five nationally.

Illinois was sandwiched between No. 13 Indiana (105 points) and Rhode Island, which finished 15th with 91 points. New York rounded out the chart, coming in with 75 points in total.


Christopher Boan is a lead writer at specializing in covering state issues. He covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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